Denton County is the 6th fastest-growing county in United States with nearly 950,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The formation of Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) was enabled by House Bill 3323 during the 77th Texas Legislature. On November 5, 2002, Denton County voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of DCTA to advance public transportation alternatives. Beginning in 2003, the voters of the cities of Denton, Lewisville and Highland Village approved a dedicated half-cent sales tax, which funds a majority of the organization. In 2005, DCTA began its partnership with the University of North Texas by providing shuttle services in and around campus. Connect Bus service launched in 2006, and DCTA completed its initial service plan in June of 2011 with the launch of its A-train commuter rail service.
DCTA is committed to improving mobility, air quality, economic development and livability in the areas we serve. Since inception, DCTA has accelerated innovative transportation solutions critical to reducing traffic congestion and enhancing air quality, while contributing to strategic growth and development, and improving the quality of life for Denton County residents. DCTA drives a better future for Denton County by getting people where they need and want to go.
Denton County voters overwhelmingly approve the creation of Denton County Transportation Authority on November 5, 2002
Denton, Highland Village and Lewisville vote to join the DCTA on September 13, 2003 and levy a half-cent sales tax to finance the system
DCTA and the University of North Texas sign an agreement for a new Campus Shuttle bus system
DCTA absorbs LINK, the mass transit service operated by the City of Denton since 2002, and begins Connect Bus service in Denton
DCTA launches passenger service on the A-train, a 21-mile commuter rail line officially launches to the public on June 18, 2011
Trinity Metro and DCTA partner to launch the North Texas Xpress commuter bus service
DCTA launches support for the Transit mobile app, a system that provide riders with real-time tracking information for the A-train, Connect Bus and UNT Campus Shuttle services
DCTA opens its 19-mile A-train Rail Trail adjacent to the commuter rail line, giving customers options for outdoor lifestyle activities along a trail connecting to various county parks
DCTA becomes the first agency in Texas to have the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system implemented on its commuter rail line
DCTA launches GoZone, its on-demand rideshare service, providing customers with customized corner-to-corner rides in Denton, Lewisville and Highland Village